Primary Sources in American History and Culture

Visual Representations of the Past

Prior to the 20th century there was limited access by the public to visual images. Paintings, photographs, advertisements, woodcuts or lithographs in magazines were the media used to transmit a visual story. Whether stored in archives or libraries, housed in museums, or even part of our architectural landscape, these visual remnants provide insight into the life and times of past generations.


Finding Visual Documentation

The following websites are good sources for those using the visual to document the past:

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